The campaign funds were donated to George Pataki's re-election campaing before they were appointed to the board of trustees, an upstate New York newspaper reports.
The expanded wagering opportunities will be offered for the first time for the 2001 Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Bobby Frankel reported Boatman, a son of Irish River, developed filling in an ankle and would be unable to compete in the Breeders' Cup Turf. As a result of the Juddmonte Farms runner's defection, Subtle Power, trained by Bill Mott, drew in.
In the ultimate Halloween hunch play, the aptly named Grim Reaper scored a runaway 12 1/2-length victory in the third race at Suffolk Downs on Monday afternoon.
Five possible starters in Saturday's oversubscribed Breeders' Cup Classic worked over the main track at Churchill Downs Monday morning.
- By Dan Liebman
During his five-term presidency of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Jacques D. Wimpfheimer oversaw probably the single most important happening in the history of the organization -- the introduction of graded stakes races in North America. Wimpfheimer, 82, died Oct. 28 at his home in Stonington, Conn.
TV Games Network and Breeders' Cup are looking for a way to make their controversial exclusive interactive-wagering agreement not so restrictive.
Members of the U.S. House and Senate last week approved an amendment to the Interstate Horse Racing Act that would clarify the legal status of simulcasting, commingled pools, and account wagering between state's with legalized pari-mutuel wagering. Despite the passage, however, legal protection for interstate simulcasting is far from assured.
As we head into Breeders' Cup week, we have plenty to look back on and plenty still to look forward to until the big day this Saturday. The two marquee names, Fusaichi Pegasus and Riboletta, completed their final works on Sunday, and that same morning the announcement was made that defending European Horse of the Year Montjeu is on the plane and heading to Kentucky for the Turf (gr. I).
Belmont Park offered record purses during its 33-day meet and took in a slightly higher total commingled handle than last year, but on track, it couldn't compete with Major League Baseball's Yankees and Mets.
- By Mike Kane
Three of the the five people named as trustees of the New York Racing Association by Gov. George Pataki each contributed $25,000 to Pataki's re-election campaign before they were appointed in 1998.
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